The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has warned that he may dissolve the State Assembly immediately if the power struggle among the state representatives continues.
Sultan Ibrahim said he was deeply disappointed by the ongoing political chaos in the state.
“When there are leaders who are powerless and continue to take over the office for their own sake in the current difficult situation of the people, they (the people’s representatives) are indifferent and willing to add to the people’s suffering.
“I cannot see my people suffer, and I will not let my state go to waste.
“I vow to protect and defend the fate of my people and my state at all times.
“If there is a power struggle among the people, I will dissolve the Johor State Assembly immediately,” he said.
Sultan Ibrahim said he would give the people of Johor a chance to elect their new representatives.
“I hope this time select leaders who really want to serve the people and the state, not for the party or for themselves,” he said.
Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) meanwhile, acknowledged the reminder from the Johor Sultan to dissolve the State Assembly to allow for state elections to be held.
This is following the speculation that Pakatan Harapan is preparing to take over the state government.
In a joint statement today, Pakatan Harapan Johor’s leadership said they adhered to the principles of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy in the current political situation.
“Pakatan Harapan Johor also expressed its commitment to the practice of Parliamentary Democracy and the Constitution King which is the backbone of our state and country.
“Pakatan Harapan Johor will always adhere to these principles in dealing with any issues and current political situation,” they said in a statement.
The statement was jointly signed by Johor PH Chairman Aminolhuda Hassan (Trust), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PKR) and Liew Chin Tong (DAP).
Johor DAP secretary Tan Hong Pin said political stability was important, as the people needed direction and leadership amid the current epidemic and economic crisis.
He said, this was not shown by the Perikatan Nasional leaders who were also struggling to maintain their power and did not bother to focus on state policy.
He said the dissolution of the state assembly could bring back political stability to Johor, but at the moment it might not be right.
“(If there is snap election) we can prove the legitimacy of the government and rebuild people’s confidence.
“However, there is still a big question as to whether we can achieve that goal (form the state government), and now is not the right time to hold a surprise election as we should focus on curbing the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Article 23 of the Constitution of Johor states that Sultan has the power to initiate and suspend the assembly, but only with the advice.
Similarly, Article 23 (2) states that he has the power to dissolve, although the state assembly has not yet ended, but also with the advice and is subject to Article 7 (1).
Article 7 (2) (b) further states that the sultan may act in his discretion not to give his consent in dissolving the state assembly.
However, Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad is expected to advise the sultan to dissolve the state assembly if he loses the majority support.
3rd June 2020 17:45
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